As a general rule of thumb we say 2 to 6 inches between frames is a good starting point for consistent spacing to make things look balanced in a grouping of pictures. However, the physical characteristics of the frame can have an influence on how much space you put in between them. Here are a few things to consider when hanging frames together.
Heavier frames can handle wider spacing
It’s all about visual weight. Frames that are visually heavier can be hung further apart. Generally speaking, the thicker and/or darker the frame, the more visually heavy it appears. To give the frames a little more breathing room, hang them a little farther apart.
Hang thinner or lighter frames closer together
Along the same lines, frames that are thinner or lighter in appearance can be hung a little closer together. Frames that are ½ inch or thinner tend to look best with 2-3 inches between them.
Round items can be a little closer together as well
Because round or oval frames don’t have equal space all around them, they can be hung a little closer to items on each side, even if they have a thick or heavy frame. Hanging them too far away will make them appear disconnected.
Give ornate frames some space
In addition to the color and thickness of the frames, consider the style of the frame profile. Ornate frames with lots of visual interest can use a little extra space around the frame to help showcase the beauty of the frame as well as what’s in it.
With a mix of frame styles put the heaviest towards the middle
To make things look balanced, use the most visually heavy piece as the anchor point in the middle of your gallery. Then determine what spacing works well with that piece and use that as the standard spacing for the items around it. Keeping a consistent spacing throughout the gallery will help make it look cohesive and organized. Not sure what spacing will work best? Arrange the items on the floor first, you can try different spacings until you find one that appeals to you.
Just a starting point
Remember, these rules are guidelines only. At the end of the day, whatever looks good to you is the right answer. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your hanging arrangement, or change them around when you need a new look.
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